A few months ago I was searching for something fun to do with these beets I had gotten at the grocery store. Nothing seem appetizing until I found this recipe. It hit the spot and was so good and filling.
This is a lot of spices so take a deep breath put on some amazing music and enjoy your time in the kitchen. Cutting things and preparing your spices for the recipe is a part of the fun.
1 15-ounce (425 g) can chickpeas, rinsed, drained + dried in a clean towel
1 Tbsp melted coconut oil (or sub grape seed oil)
1/4 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste
2 Tbsp tandoori masala spice blend (see notes for DIY/where to buy*)
1 tsp coconut sugar
1 Tbsp (15 ml) coconut or grape seed oil
2 shallots, thinly diced (~40 g)
2 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbsp or 6 g)
1 Tbsp (6 g) minced ginger
6 small-medium beets, quartered (~80 g each)
Pinch each sea salt + black pepper, plus more to taste
1 1/2 Tbsp (25 g) green curry paste (or sub 12 g curry powder)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
optional: Pinch each ground cardamom and coriander
1 14-ounce (414 ml) can light coconut milk (optional: more for serving)
2 cups (480 ml) vegetable broth
2-3 Tbsp (24-36 g) coconut sugar (or maple syrup)
optional: Fresh chopped cilantro
If preparing chickpeas, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C), and add rinsed and dried chickpeas to a small mixing bowl. Top with coconut oil, salt, tandoori masala, and coconut sugar. Toss to combine, and sample a chickpea. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
Spread onto a bare baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until deep golden brown and fragrant. Set aside to cool.
Heat a large pot over medium heat.
Once hot, add oil, shallots, garlic and ginger. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add beets, salt and pepper, curry paste, cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, cayenne, cardamom and coriander (optional). Stir to coat, then cover and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add coconut milk, vegetable broth, and coconut sugar.
Bring to a low boil over medium heat and then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until beets are fork tender.
Use an immersion blender, or transfer soup to a blender, and purée on high until creamy and smooth. If using a blender, return soup back to pot.
Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more dry spices, salt, or sweetener to taste. I didn't make any adjustments.
Serve with an extra drizzle of coconut milk (optional), a generous amount of tandoori chickpea, and a sprinkle of cilantro (optional).
Store leftover soup covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Store chickpeas separately in a well-sealed container at room temperature up to 2 days.